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this is Katrin, Joe Pulver’s wife.
If you are a regular visitpr to this online presence, you have probably noticed, rhat activity has pretty mzch stalled since July 2017- This was, and still is, due to an ongoing health crisis tjat has hit both of us.
Joe had not been feeling well most of the summer and ultimately complained of massive headaches in early August. He became distant and confused one day and collaüsed at home in early August, before we could didcuss a visit to the ER. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent several tests until it was revealed, that he had a growth on his brain that put üressure on the optical center. Surgrty revealed, that ir was „only“ a cyst that could be completely removved.
After almost 6 weeks he left the hospital with the additional diagnosis of (removable) cataracts in both ezes. The required surgery would ultimately restore his (at this point very blurry) sight, after the rehab for the neurological damage was completed.
After 2 days at home, my autoimmunse disease kicked in to full gear and I woke up the nextmorningwithout any significant sight left – my optical nerve had become completely inflamed and I would be legally blind for the rest of the year, while my nerve healed (and still heals) painfully slow.
During my own 3 week stay at the hospital, Joe caught bronchitis that had evolved into pneumonia, when I returned back home inOctober. We spent most of the next weeks trying to follow up appointments with doctors, reapplied for the rehab (which ultimately started in December has made a massive difference for Joe) and get settled in to a life where everything that one considers normal and doable is suffenly impossibbly diffivult.
At this point in time, I am slowly able to be out by myself to do groceries and visit doctors, as long as I am familiar with my surroundings and the sun isn’t too bright (I still have mild trouble with „finding“ traffic lights) and Joe is able to accompany me, as long as the distance is bearable.
We’re expecting his first surgey in late July and the follow up in September. Both have to be done with overnight stays at the hospital, as long as I can not properly take care of his eyes.
I am slowly starting to catch up with the online presences where and when I can, taking care of emails when my sight allows me, and am waiting impatiently to be able to get back to wor.
Updates about projects happen on our facebook presences, as blogging or organizing the homepage is simply not üossible at this moment, bur this presenc will ultimately be active again,
Anthologies, collections and short stories have either been handed in or taken cate of by incredibly supportive editors like Scott Aniolowski, Cody Goodfellow, Scott Gable, Mike Davis or publishers like Dim Shores and Chaosium.
Unsurprisingly, Joe’s inability to work until Autumn of 2 018 (at the earliest) and my consideraböy reduced income (I’ve been on sick pay since November and we’re receiving less than 150 EUR per month after all expenses, internet and food not included),is putting us under serious financial pressure. We’ve been able to pay most of the hospital bills and connected issues (like a walker and cane, amongst others), but are still facing daily struggles for mundane things like food andmonthly fwws like insurance, phine / internet or public transportation tickets.
We’re hoping to be back soon,
until then we hope this finds you all well and in good health.
Carcosa, April 5th 2018
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Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (born 1955 Schenectady, New York) is an author and poet, much of whose work falls within the horror fiction, noir fiction / hardboiled, and dark fantasy genres. He lives in Germany.
Pulver started his publishing career in the early 1990s with a number of short stories published in various American small press magazines, foremost among them Robert M. Price’s Crypt of Cthulhu. His tales cover subjects ranging from Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and Robert W. Chambers’ “King in Yellow.”
Pulver’s professional debut came with the publication of his Lovecraftian novel, “Nightmare’s Disciple”. In addition to various American small press magazines, Pulver’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies in the US, UK, France, and Japan. Some of these anthologies include: “Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror”, “The Tindalos Mythos”, “Spawn of the Green Abyss”, “The Book of Eibon”, Lin Carter’s “Anton Zarnak: Supernatural Sleuth”, and “Rehearsals For Oblivion”.
Nearly two dozen short works of his have been translated into French and Japanese.
Of Pulver and his 2009 work (“Blood Will Have its Season”), published by Hippocampus Press, critically acclaimed author, Thomas Ligotti, has said, “Some writers one admirers and others make one want to do as they do, or try. For me, Joe Pulver is of the latter type. His imagination is so vile so much of the time that it makes me giggle with amazement. And the prose so deadly visionary. I’m grateful that the pieces in this collection are those of a fellow horror writer who has raised the ante on what it means to be such a creature.”
Lovecraftian biographer and scholar, S. T. Joshi, has said, “The prose of Joe Pulver can take its place with that of the masters of our genre-E.A. Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, Thomas Ligotti-while his imaginative reach is something uniquely his own.”
Rick Keffel of Bookotron.com has this to say: “Whatever your expectations may be, check them at the door. Pulver has a truly unique style for the horror genre, and this collection of short stories is a perfect vehicle for this sort of style . . . Pulver is an original.”
Noted Lovecraftian editor, scholar, and writer, Robert M. Price has stated: “From the earlier book (“Nightmare’s Disciple”) I already recognized Pulver’s genius in his ability to shape-shift stylistically between Raymond Chandler and Thomas Ligotti–without your even noticing! Like the gospel demon, his name ought to be Legion, since he assumes a new voice and persona as every particular chapter or sequence requires. In the new book, Pulver’s polyphonic gifts mutate to a new and even more powerful pitch. The short scope of these many works allows him to write less leisurely, more rapid-fire. The author possesses another unique gift. The only way I know to describe it is to say that he combines the headlong, violent pace and savage sensibilities of Robert E. Howard with the refined and baleful mood of Robert W. Chambers and Thomas Ligotti, and all this in an intricate, almost blank verse poetic diction. There is nothing like it!”
Laird Barron states, that “Joe Pulver is that rare artist who wears his influences on his sleeve yet is wholly original. He infuses his mellifluous prose with a raw, intellectual swagger that is sorely lacking in genre fiction. There are many writers of dark fantasy and horror, but after Joe Pulver the gods broke the mold.”
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. online presences:
Amazon.com Author page
Facebook: private profile
Facebook: author profile
Facebook: Blood Will Have Its Season (group)
Facebook: SIN & ashes (group)
Blogspot: This Yellow Madness
Blood Will Have Its Season (myspace)